SpeakingI regularly speak to small and big groups as a workshop trainer, conference presenter or guest lecturer.
I was also the 2011 host for TEDxVancouver, guiding the 1000 attendees between speakers with what one reviewer called “seamless transitions” and “intellectual jokes.” [Is that code for geeky? Perhaps. I did talk about octopi at one point.]
For me, some of the best ideas are found in the interstitial spaces between traditional disciplines.
As a trainer, I most enjoy helping people reach across those boundaries.
What I’ve talked about
Many of the talks and workshops I’ve been a part of bridge the gaps between scientists and journalists, or mainstream and social media.
How (should) journalists use social media
This talk speaks to the “why bother?” question journalists often have about blogging and Twitter, and discusses how to avoid mistakes people commonly make when they’re used to one-way communication. Created for Northern Voice 2010, modified for in-house training at CBC News.
“How do you know that?”: Critical thinking in journalism and science
I use my science degree all the time on the job. Not so much the information, but the habits: questioning where information comes from, evaluating whether it backs up the claim being made, and believing it’s necessary to understand complicated things rather than just accept them. I most recently spoke on this subject to UBC’s new First Year Seminar in Science.
Storytelling for scientists: How to communicate your work
I’ve spoken on this topic in a workshop for graduate students at Vancouver Coastal Health, and as a trainer in workshops facilitated by Nancy Baron, author of Escape from the Ivory Tower.
Simple isn’t stupid: A guide to interviewing scientists
One of the lessons I’ve had to learn over and over again is that it doesn’t matter whether the scientist can explain it me, he or she has to explain it to my audience. In this talk, I share insights on interviewing scientists so you get a good story that is also accurate. I’ve spoken on this as a guest lecturer at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre and the UBC School of Journalism.